24 March 2003

Ghana: Apathy in Niiboiman

Accra — The Assemblyman for Niiboiman Electoral Area, Mr. Kwabena Afranie has appealed to chiefs and landlords in his electoral area to desist from selling lands that are earmarked for development projects in the area.

He told Metro Mail that most of the lands are sold to individuals and are used for projects the community does not benefit from.

The areas, which fall under his assembly's jurisdiction are Niiboi Town, Nii Oworsika, Fishpond, Niiboi Zongo, Niiboiman New Market and parts of Lapaz. His electoral area falls under the Okaikoi North Constituency, which has Mr. Joseph Darko Mensah as it Member of Parliament.

Mr. Kwabena Afranie said his MP is very supportive. He said with the help of the MP, three roads are being tarred with gutters also being constructed along it. The new market is being supplied with electricity. He said the MP has promised to improve the drainage system in his electoral area since the area has a major problem with flooding. He said the Assembly has almost completed constructing a toilet facility for the only public school in his area.

The Assemblyman said there are no public toilets or toilets in the compound houses in his area and all attempts to meet with landlords to discuss how to solve the problem have failed. He said the landlords are not corroborating and when he calls them to meetings they do not show up. "This is making my work difficult". He lamented that apathy had become ingrained and so the people are also not supportive of his programmes.

He said there are no lorry parks, community center and enough public schools in his area, which is one of the most densely populated areas in Accra.

The Assemblyman said the building of unauthorized structures especially along the ceremonial road of Apenkwa-Mallam is one of the problems he is facing as an Assemblyman. He said he is also planning to construct a library in his area to help the people, especially the children, to have easy access to reading material.

Mr. Kwabena Afranie appealed to the landlords and chiefs to bear with him and attend meetings when they are called upon so that they can tell their grievances and he their Assemblyman can pass them on to the appropriate authorities for the necessary action.

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